Elphinstone stampede: 9 other major stampedes that took many lives

New Delhi, Sept 29: Mumbai's Elphinstone stampede is a mild reminder of the worst stampedes in India. These stampedes have claimed hundreds of lives in last 10 years.Here's taking a look at the major ones:

1. Varanasi stampede, October 2016: Twenty three people were killed and over 60 others injured in a stampede at Rajghat bridge between Varanasi and Chandauli. On Saturday afternoon, people had gathered in large number for a religious event. The incident took place when thousands of followers of religious leader Jai Gurudev were on their way to Domri village on the banks of Ganga to take part in the two-day camp.

2. Rajahmundry stampede, July 2015: The stampede on the banks of the Godavari River in Rajahmundry on the opening day of the Pushkaralu festival killed 27 pilgrims. The incident occurred when people tried to rush into the Puskhar ghat to take a holy dip. The dead included at least 13 women. The Pushkaralu is similar to the Kumbh Mela, performed alongside rivers elsewhere in the country and taking holy dip is the main ritual of the festival.

3.Gandhi Maidan stampede, October 2014: 32 people died in a stampede after Ravan-burning at Dushhera festival at Patna's Gandhi Maidan.

4. Datia stampede, October 2013: On 13 October 2013, during Navratri, a stampede broke out on a bridge near the RatangarhMataTemple in Datia district, Madhya Pradesh, India, killing 115 people and injuring more than 110.

5. Junagadh stampede, February 2012: Six lives were lost and 30 were left injured as a stampede took place during the Mahashivratri fair at Bhavnath temple in Junagadh in Gujarat. Nine lakh people were believed to have gathered on February 19, 2012 for the annual five-day fair.

6. Sabarimala stampede, January 2011: In one of the worst stampedes in India, 106 devotees were crushed to death and more than 100 were injured on January 14, 2011.

7. Rajasthan temple stampede, September 2008: A tragic accident in the Chamunda Devi temple of Rajasthan claimed the lives of 120 pilgrims, leaving 200 injured in September, 2008. The stampede took place during the Navaratra festival in the Jodhpur city.

8. Himachal stampede, August 2006: A horrible stampede slaughtered 160 devotees and more than 400 were injured in the famous Naina Devi temple in Himachal Pradesh on August 3, 2006 due to a shelter collapse.

9. Satara stampede, January 2005: 340 people were killed in a stampede at Mandhar Devi temple Maharashtra's Satara district. The accident happened when some people fell down on the steps made slippery by devotees breaking coconuts.

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